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A Different Sort of Real: The Diary of Charlotte McKenzie is the seventh book in the My Australian Story series. It was first published in November 2001 by Scholastic Australia. The book was reissued in May 2006, in January 2012 as The Deadly Flu, and in August 2020 as Contagion. It was followed by Who Am I? by Anita Heiss.

Dedication[]

"This book is for Jean Greenwood
who taught me to love history.
"

Book description[]

"As the horrors of the First World War are drawing to a close, a danger has arisen that will kill more people around the world than the Great War itself—an influenza pandemic.
Charlotte McKenzie, assisting the doctor next door, finds herself experiencing at close hand the effects of this devastating disease—and when it finally attacks her own family, how can Charlotte cope?
"

"As the horrors of the First World War are drawing to a close, a danger has arisen that will kill more people than the Great War itself—an influenza pandemic.
Charlotte McKenzie, assisting the doctor next door, finds herself experiencing at close hand the effects of this devastating disease. But when it attacks her own family, how will Charlotte cope?
"

"The flu is spreading, though mostly in the poorer houses where people live close together. Dr Barnes thinks it might spread by contact. The Town Hall is full of flu patients. The government have closed all the cinemas, pubs, theatres, racetracks and music halls.
As the horrors of the First World War are drawing to a close, a new danger has arisen—an influenza pandemic. Charlotte McKenzie, assisting the doctor next door, finds herself helping the community as they battle this devastating disease. And when it attacks her own family, Charlotte finds that her own strength and wisdom becomes integral in the fight against an invisible, but powerful enemy.
"

Plot[]

Historical Note[]

Characters[]

Main article: List of A Different Sort of Real characters

Author[]

Main article: Kerry Greenwood

Editions[]

References[]

See also[]


My Australian Story
Original

A Banner Bold | Plagues and Federation | A Tale of Two Families | Surviving Sydney Cove | The Rum Rebellion
The Yankee Whaler | A Different Sort of Real | Who Am I? | On Board the Boussole | The Bombing of Darwin
Fords and Flying Machines | Snowy | Riding with Thunderbolt | Our Don Bradman | A Marathon of Her Own
Our Enemy, My Friend

1st relaunch

New Gold Mountain | Outback | Cyclone Tracy | Refugee | The Melting Pot | Archer's Melbourne Cup
Claw of the Dragon | Atomic Testing

2nd relaunch

The Hunt for Ned Kelly | The Phar Lap Mystery | My Father's War | Sydney Harbour Bridge | Heroes of Tobruk
Escape from Cockatoo Island | Gallipoli | Kokoda | Convict Girl | Vietnam

3rd relaunch

Black Sunday | Our Race for Reconciliation | Bushfire | Rebellion at Eureka | Castle Hill Rebellion | Six Seconds
The Battle for Victoria Street

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